Author: Dan Feldman

Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams gets a hug from Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo after an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 117-116 in double overtime. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Rajon Rondo appears to kick at Deron Williams from bench during play (video)

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Kings guard Rajon Rondo – while out of the game – appeared to kick at Mavericks guard Deron Williams during play last night.

That was during the first overtime, but Williams had the last laugh in the second overtime.

This isn’t the first time Rondo caused trouble with his foot this season. He’s lucky he missed – at least I think he missed? – this time.

(hat tip: Kirk Henderson of Mavs Moneyball)

Carmelo Anthony escalates Kristaps Porzingis-Kent Bazemore stare-down (video)

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The Hawks prevented Kristaps Porzingis from going full Porzingis on this play, but they couldn’t quite turn off the intensity afterward.

Kent Bazemore slapped the ball from Porzingis after the whistle, and Porzingis got in his face. Then, Carmelo Anthony came in to break it up/push Bazemore and jaw with Bazemore and Dennis Schröder.

Even by modern NBA standards, this remained pretty minor.

Mostly, I was just impressed the 6-foot-5 Bazemore stood high enough on his tippy toes to stare down the 7-foot-3 Porzingis.

Fan wearing Lakers jersey caught putting on Warriors jersey during game

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The Lakers remain Los Angeles’ team over the Clippers.

But are the Lakers losing their grip as California’s team over the Warriors?

If so, it’s happening right in front of our eyes.

Kristaps Porzingis drops putback dunk on Paul Millsap (video)

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Kristaps Porzingis has made these so routine, I nearly forgot to be impressed.

But, yeah, this putback slam on Paul Millsap is remarkable.

Utah fan shines light in James Harden’s eyes during FTs, gets yearlong ban from NBA games (video)

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Well before the controversial finish, last night’s Rockets-Jazz game featured some odd behavior.

Jody Genessy of the Deseret News:

In a bizarre moment, the game was stopped while Harden and a referee pointed up into the stands at a fan who was pointing a flashlight at the Rocket star’s eyes while he was shooting free throws.

“Some guy was lasering me,” Harden explained. “I saw it the first time. I thought it was just a picture being taken, so I went up to the foul line again and it happened again. The referee caught it before I did.”

The fan in the Vivint Smart Home Arena stands wasn’t so lucky.

He was escorted out by security, kicked out of the building and was given a one-year ban from NBA games for, as Jazz PR described it, “aiming a flashlight at a player during a game.”

 

The fan is lucky he received just a one-year ban. The NBA can afford to exclude its most obnoxious and harmful fans from arenas and still sell enough tickets to generate massive profits.